a family picture

Let me tell you a short story:

The year was 2007.  We were about to celebrate Little Man’s first Christmas.  Somehow there was not one photo of all four of us shot during his first 11 months of life. Mind boggling!  So in desperation I took my camera to the tree lot with a set purpose of getting a family picture to use on our Christmas card.  We asked a stranger to snap the photo and at quick glance it looked great.  When I got home and loaded it onto the computer, my mouth dropped open.  Some yahoo decided it would be good fun to photo bomb my picture.  Oh, I was not pleased.  Pissed, actually!  And since I had not, at this point, released my need to have the “perfect” family picture, I just faked it!  You will see that in the picture I sent out I converted it to black and white and edited out the photo bomber.  Classic and perfect.

a family photo

If that had happened this year, I would have sent out the photo with the idiot in the background!  Yes, photo editing can produce the most perfect picture.  However, as timed has passed I much prefer to send photos that show my messy, chaotic, and fun-filled life.   I won’t be faking a perfect photo this year.  But, yes, I still had a to force a family picture to be taken.  Why is this so darn hard??

On the top of my list this week is to complete our holiday cards!  How about you?

My favorite online resources for photo cards:

Pear Tree Greetings, Minted, Tiny Prints, Shutterfly, Pinhole Press

Every single site is having a sale or discount on cards right now!  Check it out.

PS::  my guide to sending out your holiday cards.


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  1. jennie says:

    omg…. Im so with you, sister! Every year, I swear I will be done, addressed and out the door by thanksgiving. In fact, last year I had them in hand before school started! Somehow, I can never get organized… this year I had pictures done, but am a long way from ordering… guess Ill never get it together. At least you have a family shot.. I think we have one in the 8 years we have been a family! XO

  2. PIper Henry says:

    I’m so with you Denise! I’m thinking an early morning family selfie…..scary, but available!

  3. Ashleigh says:

    HA HA this made me laugh “Some yahoo in the bakground” – great job photoshopping, I wouldn’t even know where to start! Great pic anyway. Love from London. xx


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